Introduction to Professional Skills in Biomedical Science


This course introduces the students to the biomedical sciences and its various disciplines. It outlines the career opportunities that are available for biomedical scientists. This course uses laboratory sessions in conjunction with lectures and tutorials to start developing the student's skills in research design and practical measurement of human function.



  • Semester 1 - 2017

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Define what biomedical science is and describe the scope of disciplines within biomedical science

2. Explain what a Biomedical Scientist does

3. Recognise laboratory hazards and describe safe laboratory practice

4. Understand how to conduct scientific experiments and measure basic properties of the human body and molecules

5. Perform simple interpretation and analysis of data collected from scientific experiments

6. Appropriately format and write a report on data collected from laboratory sessions

7. Recognise how to ensure the academic integrity of their actions in learning and work submitted for assessment including the appropriate use and citation of references.


  1. What is biomedical science? Introduction to the following disciplines in biomedical science: Anatomy, Physiology, Cell biology, Biochemistry, Genetics, Pharmacology, Immunology and Microbiology.
  2. Introduction to academic integrity and the issues of plagiarism and academic fraud.
  3. What does a Biomedical Scientist do? This includes an overview of career opportunities.
  4. Philosophy of Science, particularly experimentation in the biomedical sciences.
  5. Introduction to research and laboratory skills including:
  • Recognition of laboratory hazards and safe laboratory practice
  • Development of a testable hypothesis
  • Deciding on protocols to test a hypothesis
  • Use of appropriate controls
  • Conducting the experiment
  • Collection of data and introduction to the interpretation and analysis of data
  • Writing a laboratory report or paper detailing the experiments, findings and conclusions
  • Introduction to the library's biomedical resources, searching journal databases for research articles and use of appropriate referencing of all sources of information.
  1. Measurement in biomedical science including:
  • The types of approaches used to measure properties of the body
  • Introduction to variation and errors in measurement
  • Measurement of biological signals
  • An introduction to microscopy

Assessment Items

Report: Laboratory Reports

Online Learning Activity: Online Occupational Health and Safety Module

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

General Course Requirements:

  • Computer Lab: Induction Requirement - Students must attend and pass the induction requirements before attending these sessions.

Contact Hours


Computer Lab

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 1 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 3 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks


Face to Face On Campus 27 hour(s) per Term

2 hours per week for full term and 1 hour per week for 3 weeks